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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you, for some reason, haven’t seen these awesome Vanity Fair videos where directors break down scenes from their movies, and you love the medium of film and these superhero films, then you have a treat of backlogged videos to check out. With their latest edition, we get to see Joe and Anthony Russo break down the Guardians/Thor scene from Avengers: Infinity War.

In this scene, the Guardians take in Thor, trying to figure out who he was. The first reveal in this video has to do with the use of handheld camerawork in the scene. In this instance, it sounds like it was a way to ground the absurdist characters that make up the scene. I really like how they use those sort of subtle filmmaking techniques to bring in an extra dose of cohesion to the flick.

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Another form of grounding the scene had came in the form of the lighting, and the use of different temperatures in practical lighting, and the end result grounds the Guardians’ appearance.

The Russos delve into their background in comedy. The pair famously used to work in comedy, and one of the elements they brought into the scene from their comedy work came from framing, and allowing to see the speaking character from the waist-up, so you can see his body language. Another technique used is the panning from a character saying something to a character reacting, and that allows for the moment to feel less manufactured.

There are plenty of other great nuggets in the video. So be sure to check out the video above.

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.